New Song: “Sing For Joy”

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Hey Vineyard Church Family!  We’re so excited to share this new, original tune, “Sing For Joy.”  Written by Vineyard Church songwriters Adam Loo and Grady Milligan, “Sing For Joy” is a song full of celebration and thankfulness to the Lord. We hope that the tune will help turn your hearts towards the loving Father and the good things he has done. As you listen to or sing these lyrics, taken largely from the Psalms, the book of Isaiah, and the book of John, remember that Abba is faithful and cares deeply for his children.

We also hope that “Sing For Joy” helps to provide a safe place for celebration in worship time.  It’s such a wonderful, fun, and totally okay thing to have a super fun time when we praise our King!  Can’t wait to sing, shout, clap, and enjoy the Spirit’s joy with you all!

Chord charts are available on Planning Center in several keys (y en Español pronto)

Cultivating Personal Green Space with Dan Wilt

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I sat down with Dan Wilt last fall at the Vineyard Worship Leaders Retreat in Montreat, NC to record his thoughts for our worship team on the subject of “cultivating personal green space.” I’m privileged to count Dan as a friend, and he has been a tremendous help to me in this area. I’m really excited that you get to hear from him.

We live next to one of the greatest green spaces in the world. But can you imagine what would’ve happened to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if it had never been intentionally guarded, conserved, and cultivated? It would be fully developed with cell towers, resorts, rental cabins, neon signs, and amusement parks. These are things we like and appreciate, but there’s a reason no one lives at Dollywood. The screams of the Wild Eagle make me even more grateful for the serene sound that can only be heard behind Grotto Falls.

This month, we’re focusing on our value of intimacy in worship, and green space is the starting point. There’s a richness and depth in Christ that’s only available when we intentionally define our personal green space, and then guard and cultivate it. Grab a notebook & take a few minutes to listen to Dan instruct us and give us loving nudges towards deeper spiritual formation.

Standout Moments:

  • 0:50 Life is made up of rhythms. The World runs on rhythms. There are cycles in creation that are equilibrium, tension and release.
  • 3:50 The challenge of the Christian life is how we manage our rhythms.
  • 4:35 We all know that life is lived in moments, it’s lived in hours. It’s lived in… the Daily Office hours.
  • 5:19 I believe the Lord wants us to be a people who’s sabbaths are not weekly. But who’s sabbaths are daily.
  • 6:30 The daily office was intended for us to look back on the last three hours and say, “Lord, I give you thanks for the last three hours. All that you were doing…” It’s like this catharsis, and you give it to the Lord. And then you look forward to the next three hours and you say, “Now in these next three hours, Lord, make me attentive to you… I welcome your Spirit to empower me to do this.”
  • 7:25 If you don’t have the rhythm, you won’t get thirsty. You’ll simply lap up when you need it, or what more happens is your body, and your mind, and everything else screams at you, “You NEED a sabbath!” after six months of too much stress and burnout. And then people take forced sabbaths because their body shut down on them or they started to loose their perspective, they get depressed… Now I’ve dealt with depression most of my life – severe depression. This has been a primary healing factor for me.
  • 8:28 Matt is super creepy.
  • 9:20 Any new habit is rocket science to break into… Because you’ve spent, and I’ve spent decades forming what we don’t know is an alternative habit, which is dismissal of those things.
  • 10:18 Don’t do this by chance. You don’t know what you don’t know. So rely on someone who knows.
  • 11:51 Don’t get discouraged. Everyone goes through this, I went through it. But it is a wall you have to punch through, and we need to pray for each other.

About Dan:

Dan Wilt, M.Min. is Director of Communications & Resources for Vineyard USA. He has served as senior pastor, worship leader, professor, and mentor to countless worship leaders in North America and beyond. Dan lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Anita, and three amazing children – Anna, Abigail, and Benjamin. Dan also leads worship at the Vineyard Church of Franklin, TN.

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New Song: “Glory to Glory”

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Our first new song of 2015 is an original by our very own Grady Milligan. “Glory to Glory” is sure to get your blood pumping and your foot tapping. We need more up-tempo tunes, and this one is FUN. But at the heart of all the kinetic energy, the reason we need to sing this is the incredible cry for the King of Glory:

Lion, lover, come and cover me
In this hour make your power all I can see
Cast me from my filthy throne
Take the seat that’s yours alone, my king…
Glory to glory, shekinah from above
Holy, you’re holy, I’m drowning in your love

The word shekinah is derived from the Hebrew verb שכן which means to inhabit, to settle, or to dwell. The word tabernacle is from the same root word. Shekinah doesn’t appear in the Bible, but was used by rabbis to describe the manifestation of the presence of God. For example, at the dedication of Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings 8, “…the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” (v11)

In Exodus 33, Moses asked to see God’s glory. Verses 21-23 say:

21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

This encounter with glory was so significant that it made Moses face shine and when he came down from the mountain, it freaked everyone out. They made him cover his face with a veil that he only took off when he went into the tabernacle to speak with God.

So let’s consider 2 Corinthians 3. You should go read the whole chapter, but here are a few verses:

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end… 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

New Song: “Fall Afresh”

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On Sunday, we start a new sermon series simply called “Prayer.”  This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the church to a song they can use for personal prayer time.

There are times that I need to be awakened. When that’s the case, I usually lack the words to ask God for help. While many of our songs are prayers set to music, for some reason “Fall Afresh” stands out. It’s a song that I often pray in quiet moments alone with the Father when my words fail me. It’s my go-to song when I’m just not feeling it, or can’t seem to get started praying. And whenever I make these lyrics my cry, God answers in some way.

Awaken my soul, come awake
To hunger, to seek, to thirst
Awaken first love, come awake
And do as you did at first
Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul
Pour in me to overflow
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade

It doesn’t get much better than the original version by Jeremy Riddle. And the simple passion provided by Samuel Lane’s recording (embedded above) is stunningly beautiful. I hope we can all take these words into the secret place and experience the Spirit blowing through our souls.

Check out the chart & audio for “Fall Afresh” on Planning Center.